Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Shine Bright Fingerless Gloves

Shine Bright Fingerless Gloves

You know what? I'm not even gonna intro these fingerless gloves. And you know why? Because Rihanna can definitely do it better -- not only was her song "Diamonds" the inspiration for the name of the Shine Bright Fingerless Gloves, but her video has it all; finger tattoos, wild horses, and burning roses. It's almost like my eleven-year-old self directed this video, except I would have included more crying in the rain. Ah, to be young again...



Sizes: smaller (for a hand roughly 7 1/2" - 8" in circumference at the base of the thumb) and larger (for a hand roughly 8 1/2" - 9" in circumference at the base of the thumb) - directions for larger size will follow those for the smaller size in parentheses

A bit closer look at the pattern.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #9496 Buttercup – one skein (both sizes)

Needles: one set of double-pointed needles in size 7, one set of double-pointed needles in size 5

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches on size 7 needles

And now that we've gotten that out of our system, let's make some gloves! So, using your size 5 needles, cast on 38 stitches (44 stitches) and divide amongst your needles as follows: place 13 stitches on your first needle, 12 on your second, and 13 on your third (place 13 stitches on your first needle, 18 on your second, and 13 on your third). Join in round. Then, knit the following set-up row 4 times (as you can see, it's different for the two sizes, but I've also used parentheses in the instructions for the smaller size. That's to indicate that a direction is repeated, and will occur again in the notation. Just remember that the alternate larger instructions will always occur after the smaller instructions in each row, and not in the middle of them):

Set-up Row:  k1, (p1, k1) 9 times, (k1, p1) 9 times, k1 (larger size: (p1, k1) 11 times, (k1, p1) 11 times)

Once you've knit this row 4 times, switch to your size 7 needles. To continue, we'll also need the following notation:

rt (right twist): knit two together, leaving stitches on left-hand needle; next, insert right-hand needle from the front between the two stitches just knitted together, and knit the first stitch again.  Finally, slip both stitches from left-hand needle together

lt (left twist): with right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip one stitch and knit the second stitch in back loop; then insert right-hand needle into the backs of both stitches and k2tog-b (knit two together through back loops, inserting right needle from the right)

And now that we've got that down, let's move on to the main pattern, which goes as follows. Notice that many of the rows are different for the two sizes; however, if there's nothing in parentheses after a given row, they're the same.

Row 1: knit across first needle, k2, (rt) twice, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k5, (rt) twice, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 2 & all even rows: knit

Row 3: knit across first needle, k1, (rt) twice, k2, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k4, (rt) twice, k2, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 5: knit across first needle, (rt) twice, k4, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (rt) twice, k4, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 7: knit across first needle, (k1-tbl (through back loop), k1) twice, k4, (k1, k1-tbl) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (k1-tbl, k1) twice, k4, (k1, k1-tbl) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 9: knit across first needle, (lt) twice, k4, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (lt) twice, k4, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 11: knit across first needle, k1, (lt) twice, k2, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k4, (lt) twice, k2, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 13: knit across first needle, k2, (lt) twice, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k5, (lt) twice, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 15: knit across first needle, k3, k1-tbl, k1, rt, k1, k1-tbl, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k6, k1-tbl, k1, rt, k1, k1-tbl, knit until end of round)

Row 16: knit

Knit rows 1 - 16 twice, and then knit rows 1 - 2 again. Now we'll begin gusseting in the thumbs. Once again, notice the difference in rows between the two sizes.

Row 1: knit across first needle, k1, (rt) twice, k2, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k4, (rt) twice, k2, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 2: knit (knit until there are 12 stitches left on first needle, m1r, knit across remainder of first and second needles, k12 from third needle, m1l, knit until end of round)

Row 3: knit across first needle, (rt) twice, k4, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (rt) twice, k4, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14: knit until there are 12 stitches left on first needle, m1r, knit across remainder of first and second needles, k12 from third needle, m1l, knit until end of round


Row 5: knit across first needle, (k1-tbl (through back loop), k1) twice, k4, (k1, k1-tbl) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (k1-tbl, k1) twice, k4, (k1, k1-tbl) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 7: knit across first needle, (lt) twice, k4, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (lt) twice, k4, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 9: knit across first needle, k1, (lt) twice, k2, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k4, (lt) twice, k2, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 11: knit across first needle, k2, (lt) twice, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k5, (lt) twice, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 13: knit across first needle, k3, k1-tbl, k1, rt, k1, k1-tbl, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k6, k1-tbl, k1, rt, k1, k1-tbl, knit until end of round


Knit rows 1 - 14. Then, on your next row, knit across first 7 (8) stitches and then thread these stitches and the final 7 (8) stitches from needle 3 onto a scrap of yarn, to work later as thumb. And now, we'll resume our pattern, joining the mitt back in the round at the thumb break. So let's continue like so:

Row 1: m1r, knit across first needle, k2, (rt) twice, (lt) twice, knit until end of round, m1l (m1r, knit across first needle, k5, (rt) twice, (lt) twice, knit until end of round, m1l)

Row 2 & all even rows: knit

Row 3: knit across first needle, k1, (rt) twice, k2, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k4, (rt) twice, k2, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 5: knit across first needle, (rt) twice, k4, (lt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (rt) twice, k4, (lt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 7: knit across first needle, (k1-tbl (through back loop), k1) twice, k4, (k1, k1-tbl) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (k1-tbl, k1) twice, k4, (k1, k1-tbl) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 9: knit across first needle, (lt) twice, k4, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k3, (lt) twice, k4, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 11: knit across first needle, k1, (lt) twice, k2, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k4, (lt) twice, k2, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)

Row 13: knit across first needle, k2, (lt) twice, (rt) twice, knit until end of round (knit across first needle, k5, (lt) twice, (rt) twice, knit until end of round)


Knit rows 1 -  13 and then switch to your size 5 needles. We're going back to our set-up row for 3 rows now. Here's a reminder of what it looks like:

Set-up Row:  k1, (p1, k1) 9 times, (k1, p1) 9 times, k1 ((p1, k1) 11 times, (k1, p1) 11 times)

Once you've knit this row 3 times, bind off loosely in ribbing pattern. And when that's done, let's do the thumb. So, transfer your thumb stitches to your size 7 dpns, making sure to place stitches from before and after the break on a single needle (the break being where you rejoined the glove in a round after working your thumb gusset). Knit around, picking up two extra stitches at the break when you get there. Knit four rows around in total, and then switch to your size 5 needles and knit two more rows in a * k1, p1 * ribbing. Bind off loosely in pattern, and tuck in ends. Make another glove, if you're so inclined.






13 comments:

  1. I love fingerless gloves. :) And I love the color on these.

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    1. Yay! Me too. They're so good for dealing with car seats!

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    2. I've never had to deal with car seats. Hahaha... Kidless friend. :) But I like em for texting.

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  2. My daughter is a musician/performance artist. I can see these in navy with battery operated twinkly lights woven in. Thank you for the idea for the Christmas present. You rock!

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    1. That sounds awesome! If you make them, please share a picture (preferably an action shot!). And it sounds like your daughter definitely rocks more than me, but I'll take the compliment anyway :)

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  3. Hi - do you have to change the pattern for making the second glove?

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    1. Hi Helen!

      No, no you don't. That's the beauty part of doing a glove with the pattern along the arm, rather than at the top of the hand!!! :)

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  4. Brilliant - thanks for replying, going to attempt these as Christmas presents and don't want to just give them gloves for one hand :-)

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    1. Understandable - I don't think that's a look that would work for a lot of people! :)

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  5. Hello! What a cute pattern! I'm trying to figure out the "Set-Up Row," but the double parenthesis at the end are confusing me. I'm making the smaller size version of the gloves, and if I take the parenthesis out that belong to the larger size I see "k1, 9 times, 9 times, k1" which doesn't make much sense. Can you help me interpret? Thanks! Can't wait to see how they turn out!

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    1. Hi Katie! I can totally see why you're confused - I have used parentheses for two different reasons, one to indicate the larger size pattern and one to indicate which direction needs repeating! I will see if I can modify it to be more clear. In the meantime, your row looks like this: k1, (p1, k1) 9 times, (k1, p1) 9 times, k1. Or in other words, don't omit the stuff between those sets of parentheses, just the stuff in the other set of parentheses (yes, this row definitely needs help)!

      Hope that helps! And please, let me know if you have any more questions - I'm always happy to help :)

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    2. Ahh! That makes perfect sense! I figured it was something like that, but I wanted to be sure. Thanks so much!

      p.s. Maybe use [these type] of brackets to help differentiate? Might help clear up confusion. :)

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